A judge in Ohio has ordered a drug dealer to cover the funeral costs for a teen who died of a fentanyl overdose.
Michael Chandler, 29, of Cincinnati, was also sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison and to pay $9,000 in restitution to the teen's family.
Authorities say they were able to trace the fentanyl that killed the 17-year-old, identified in court documents as JH, back to Chandler. The teen died of an overdose at his Kentucky home in April 2016.
The Kentucky Drug Task Force discovered the teen had bought heroin from a person known as 'Goldie'. When investigators obtained the phone number for the alleged drug dealer, a records search led them to Chandler, court documents said.
The investigators then used a friend of the deceased teen to make a controlled purchase from 'Goldie'. He wore a wire and turned over the purchased substance to the Hamilton County Coroner's crime lab, which turned out to be fentanyl.
From there, a search warrant was obtained for Chandler's home, where investigators found 644 grams of fentanyl, 28 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and ammunition, according to WCPO.